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A brief sports outlook February 7, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in Sports.

As Ireland face the mighty San Marino again in tonight’s European Championship qualifiers, I thought I’d take a look at a few sporting stories happening around the globe. While we sit and hope that the idiots boys in green will do us proud (cough !) and come away with the 3 points, we must bear in mind that Irish football has come full circle. It’s not unreasonable to expect us to finish in second last place in this group. Oh, how the mighty have fallen …

And starting with the potential banana skin that are the gallant San Marian Maronia Marinites, young Shane Long from County Tipperary starts his first game for the senior Irish team tonight. Good luck to him – the first Tipp man ever to play football for Ireland. What would be a good result tonight ? 0-3 ? 0-5 ? Just don’t act the planks lads because Pat Kenny, Bertie Ahern and the two fellas that sit on the balcony in the muppet show would beat San Marino !

I am however, glad to see that the once mighty Liverpool FC have been taken over by a couple of American investors. Here’s hoping that they change the name of the team to the “Merseyside Mud Devils” or something and call the new stadium something suitably dumb … oh, wait – there won’t be a new stadium because once the first row of bricks go down, they’ll be nicked !

In golf, a young lad from Norn Iron called Rory McIllroy has moved to the top of the world amateur rankings having made an impressive display at the Dubai Desert Classic. He is only 17 years old and one to keep an eye on … well done Rory.

Next Sunday will see the first “foreign” game played in Croke Park … well, not if you include American Football, boxing or that hybrid fighting game sometimes involving a ball that Ireland and Australia play every year. What the GAA really mean by foreign games are the games of soccer and rugby. I only hope that there won’t be shenanigans going on in the home of Irish sport like booing the English national anthem.

In more rugger news, Tana Umaga – the Kiwi centre who along with Keven Mealamu never touched Brian O’Driscoll on the Lines Lion’s Tour – is back playing for the Wellington Hurricanes after a spell out. Incidentally the Hurricanes side contains the younger brother of All Black, Rico Gear. Hosea – what a great name for a rugby player ! Let’s hope himself and Tana don’t get dropped on their heads …

And finally … a quick prediction for tonight’s football matches …

San Marino 1 Ireland 3
England 0 Spain 0

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1. Knightfall - February 7, 2007

Has to be said: They’re called the “San Marinese” See: http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761565721/San_Marino.html

2. Rambling Man - February 7, 2007

might as well be San Marmites now Mikey !

3. Knightfall - February 7, 2007

I think Liverpool’s new stadium should be called “Yankfield”. I think they need a new goaltender, defenseman and offenseman to be the complete team

4. Rambling Man - February 7, 2007

or how about a new “score seeker” who with the help of an offense coach can regularly dispatch the ball into the top 90 from outside the 18 yard goal line !

5. GerryOS - February 8, 2007

Ya weren’t all that far out in your prediction…

6. Rambling Man - February 8, 2007

jaysis but i didnt think the performance would be as cat …trying to find the words to blog about it

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